BlackStairs EcoTrails Foraging and Guided Walks Carlow
Want to discover the secret life of the Blackstairs Mountains in County Carlow, Ireland? Want to know more about birds, flora, fungi, mammals and butterflies of the Blackstairs mountains and the River Barrow?
BlackStairs EcoTrails run Eco Trails, Guided Hikes, Workshops, Foraging, The Foraging Hen Events – Elegant Hen Parties for Elegant Brides, Teachers Courses, School Visits Childrens Trails and Fun in the Wild!
Blackstairs Eco Trails is a formal partner of Leave No Trace Ireland.
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This guided looped walk is a wonderfully scenic walk in the heart of rural Ireland with lots of emphasis on the history and heritage of the Avoca area over the centuries.
Approx 15 km
3-4 Hour Looped Walk
The pretty village of Avoca and its surrounds was once the workplace of Bram Stoker (of Count Dracula fame) and its population was dependent on the Woollen Mills. Hear how the copper mines of Avoca brought prosperity and many engineering feats to this valley. See the engine houses and chimneys dotted around and enjoy your tour of the Avoca Mill established in 1723 and Ireland’s Oldest Weaving Mill.
The area is also home to the Red Kite – an impressive bird of prey which became extinct for over 200 years ago but has now been re-introduced to the local habitat. You may get the opportunity to see a Red Kite or some of the many more types of wildlife and farming animals as you walk with us. Enjoy spectacular views over the Vale of Avoca and beyond.
Hear how Ireland’s national poet Thomas Moore chose the Vale of Avoca for one of his most memorable songs the Meetings of the Waters.
Classification: Easy/Moderate (a few hills to climb)
Meeting Point: Avoca Handweavers Mill
How to Get There: by car to Avoca or bus to Arklow with complimentary transfer to Avoca
Start Time: 10:00 hours
Saturdays and Sundays
Booking: Advance booking essential Price:
Adult €25, Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) €50
Packed Lunch: €5 pp (Hearty Sandwich and piece of fruit) Included: Guided Walk, Tour of the Avoca Mill, Bottle Water and Snack Bar EAI Map Ref:Avoca Handweavers Mill >>